Access to emergency hospitals – an operative case study for testing gridded population data

by | Jan 20, 2022


Principle 5, accessibility, gridded population, health data


This case study was conducted within the GEOSTAT 1B project in 2011. The aim of the study was to demonstrate the possibilities as well as the advantages of using gridded population data for analytical purposes. Though the case is more than 10 years old, it is still valid and provides valuable insights in using gridded population data for accessibility studies.

The study make use of the 1km² GEOSTAT 1B population grid in combination with road networks and georeferenced emergency hospitals in order to determine the travel time to emergency hospitals. The population within the driving distance of interest is divided into various groups of age and sex. This makes it possible to generate statistics over any part of the population: for example female population over 65.

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The whole use case is here